UncategorizedOur Natural Life: The Introduction November 20, 2014This post has been a long time coming. I’ve often mentioned how we eat and bits about our health choices on social media and I always get questions. I’ve realized it was finally time to write this post since so many of you have shown an interest. For awhile now, we’ve been on a journey toward living a more natural life. I’ve debated how much to share about this because I never want those who make different decisions to feel judged. But my vision for this blog is to share all of the ins and outs of how we’re LIVING WITH STYLE AND PURPOSE transparently. STYLE is a piece of that as y’all see with my home decor and entertaining posts, but LIVING WITH PURPOSE is also part of it. This journey is something that has completely changed our lives. It’s like sharing our faith. When something alters your daily life, who you are to the core, you can’t not share it. It naturally flows out of who you are, both in your actions and conversation. So much of our story was influenced by blogs like this that I found while desperately seeking answers. If I can help one person like I was helped, it’s so worth it. First of all, what does that mean? We try to lead a natural life? To us, this means that we eat, use products, and live as naturally as possible. We don’t do it perfectly AT ALL. I still sneak my Chick Fil’A nuggets on occasion. Rosie loves them. But, we’ve discovered through a long journey with a lot of learning along the way that this is how we feel best and how we feel like our family lives to the fullest. I’ve found that with a few key changes, we’ve been able to better almost everything that we’ve struggled with: Here’s some more details about what these three steps have looked like for us: The journey started with food. I still remember the day when I had no clue what organic meant. I thought I was eating and living healthy then, but would scoff at the “organic-only” people. Even once I learned what it meant, it took me awhile to understand that it was better. Over time, I really began to understand how what we put in our bodies affects us. If I can choose to eat just a strawberry rather than something resembling a strawberry that’s been altered by pesticides and chemicals, it’s an easy choice. About a year ago, I was having stomach and serious skin issues. I’ll discuss how natural methods cured those in a dedicated post because it is a LONG, but important story to tell. I tried everything I could think of and nothing worked until I started looking into natural methods. Over time, I found that dairy and gluten were the root of my problems. I did a month-long experiment to cut them out and ALL of my issues were gone. Now, that isn’t to say that everyone should cut those out to be healthy. But that was the answer for me and how my system processes things. I’ve found over time that gluten is more negotiable for me, though I feel so much better when I don’t have it. But dairy is a non-negotiable. During this journey above, I learned for the first time why it was important to use natural body products, not just food. In trying to cure my skin, I looked into the chemicals I was putting on my body and found that our skin is super absorbent. What we put on our skin gets into our blood stream and fast. So, when I’m eating whole foods, but slathering myself in chemicals, I am really defeating the purpose. The more I got into living this natural life, the more complicated it seemed to get. No Gluten. No Dairy. No GMO. Only organic. Well what the heck can I eat?! Body products with ONLY natural, whole ingredients. Do you know how hard those can be to find?! And some of them just don’t work! After all kinds of digging and getting really overwhelmed with all of the “RULES” I was encountering about natural living, I discovered it’s incredibly simple and there was really only one rule I needed to follow. Is it naturally found here on earth? Once I realized how tied healthy living is to my faith, it became incredibly simple. I say I believe it when the Bible says that God will meet our every need, but do I really? If that’s true, then God put what we needed for a healthy life here for us. He gave us all of the whole, natural foods that we needed. He didn’t create refined sugar and processed foods. We did. It’s crazy how true that is! So many diseases, our food choices play a part in creating: diabetes, heart disease, the list goes on and on. Now, this doesn’t mean that I see no need for modern medicine. The perfect world God created didn’t have cancer and illness in it and thank goodness, he gave many people the intelligence to find cures and treatments. We live in a broken world and because of that, I believe there is absolutely a time and a place for traditional medicine. However, I do think we rely too heavily on it. I’ve seen firsthand, and know many people, who’ve healed themselves from many things by changing what they eat or by using homeopathic means. In trying to improve my skin about a year ago, I came across essential oils. I had heard of them, but had no clue what they did or what their purpose was. To be honest, even with the way I was choosing to eat, I thought they were just too hippie for me. I mean, you rub some oil on and your headache goes away? Yeah, okay. Well, then I got pregnant. And had ailments I couldn’t take traditional medicine for. I started looking again into essential oils and what I found there has seriously changed the way that we live. After I discovered Young Living, so much about our life started to change. You can read more about that journey and how it’s affected us here. At first, I was shocked to see how well they worked! I mean, something natural is really taking away my heartburn, nausea, and headaches? I can use certain oils to clear up my stuffy nose? This is a miracle! And then it hit me. It’s not a miracle. It’s God. I’d completely accepted that God put the food here that we needed. Um, of course, He would’ve put healing plants here too. He provides. He cares for us. He gives us what we need. We live in a broken world. Living a natural life does not mean I will be exempt from any health struggles or illnesses. But I do believe I can make the best choices I can for our family. Do what’s within your power and then give God control. It reminds me of that analogy I always heard growing up. When you have a big test coming up, is it God-honoring to not study and then pray on the morning of the test for God to help you do well? Definitely not. He calls us to do our part. Prepare to the best of our ability and then give it over to Him. That’s how I see this health journey for us. We’re doing the little bit we can (although never perfectly, but we’re making strides that are changing our every day) and then we’re trusting that His plan for us is for our good. It may include sickness and will most definitely include struggles, but I know I can trust Him for our eternal good. As I said above, what’s really made the difference for us is Young Living. The oils, vitamins, cleaning products, body care products, the list goes on and on…but all of them have helped us to remove chemicals and toxins from our bodies and homes and live as we feel God intended. To learn more, click below.